Advantages of preserving natural vegetation include:
Maintaining habitat for fish and wildlife
Preserving the aesthetic value of the shoreline
Protecting water quality
Before Removing Vegetation
Before you remove trees, shrubs or brush in shoreland areas, contact Le Sueur County Environmental Services at 507-357-8538 to apply for a vegetative alteration permit.
The removal or alteration of vegetation is subject to the following standards:
Intensive vegetation clearing is not allowed within the shore and bluff impact zones.
In bluff and shore impact zones and on steep slopes, limited clearing of trees and shrubs and cutting and trimming of trees is allowed to provide a view to the water from the principal dwelling site and to accommodate the placement of stairways and landings.